West Jefferson, North Carolina Population 2024

1,367

West Jefferson is a city located in Ashe County North Carolina. West Jefferson has a 2024 population of 1,367. West Jefferson is currently growing at a rate of 1.03% annually and its population has increased by 3.88% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,316 in 2020.

The average household income in West Jefferson is $58,136 with a poverty rate of 17.12%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in West Jefferson is 43.4 years, 45.7 years for males, and 43.3 years for females.

West Jefferson Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Jefferson was:

  • White: 83.09%
  • Black or African American: 9.08%
  • Two or more races: 5.97%
  • Asian: 1.86%
  • Native American:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
  • Other race:
Land Area (mi²)
2.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
622.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.88% (51)
The current population of West Jefferson, North Carolina is 1,367 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,316.

West Jefferson, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,25383.09%
Black or African American1379.08%
Two or more races905.97%
Asian281.86%
Native American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Other race
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

West Jefferson Population by Race

West Jefferson Population Pyramid 2024

West Jefferson Median Age

43.4

Total

45.7

Male

43.3

Female

West Jefferson Adults

There are 1,251 adults, (355 of whom are seniors) in West Jefferson.

West Jefferson Age Dependency

68.3

Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.7

Child Dependency Ratio

West Jefferson Sex Ratio

Female88658.75%
Male62241.25%

West Jefferson Population by Age

West Jefferson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All5392.6355.144.9
Non Family2431.0839.560.5
Married2404.0170.429.6
Female503.45248
Male63.331000
showing: 5 rows

3.82

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

55.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

West Jefferson Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

West Jefferson Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Jefferson Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 25%.

West Jefferson Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$31,700

Average Earnings

$36,023

Average Male

$31,069

Average Female

West Jefferson Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Jefferson Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

West Jefferson Language

97.93% of West Jefferson residents speak only English, while 2.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.86% of the population.

West Jefferson Language

West Jefferson Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,17821818.51%
Multiple902730%
Hispanic502448%
Asian2428.33%
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17.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.08%

Male Poverty Rate

19.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Jefferson

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Jefferson is Hispanic, with 48% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Jefferson is Asian, with 8.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.5%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.33%.

West Jefferson Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40.3%
Some College13.45%
High School10.46%
Bachelors or Greater4.29%
showing: 4 rows

West Jefferson Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed100%
Female Unemployed10%
Female Employed7.36%
Male Employed
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West Jefferson Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Jefferson Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

West Jefferson Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.7%

Male Marriage Rate

45.2%

Female Marriage Rate

West Jefferson Married by Age and Sex

male

female

West Jefferson Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 20-34.

West Jefferson Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

West Jefferson Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

58

Number of Veterans

54

Male Veterans

4

Female Veterans

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West Jefferson Veterans by War

count

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West Jefferson Veterans by Age

count

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West Jefferson Veterans by Race

West Jefferson Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8%

Veteran Poverty Rate

52%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Jefferson Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

58.8%

Labor Force Participation

45.7%

Employment Rate

22.3%

Unemployment Rate

West Jefferson Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

West Jefferson Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

West Jefferson Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.94%

Born in West Jefferson

97.08%

Native Born

2.92%

Foreign Born

1.06%

Non Citizen

1.86%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.08% of West Jefferson residents were born in the United States, with 73.94% having been born in North Carolina. 1.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Jefferson Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,437140.98%
20281,423140.99%
20271,409141%
20261,395141.01%
20251,381141.02%
20241,367141.03%
20231,353141.05%
20221,339141.06%
20211,32590.68%
20201,316-1-0.08%
20191,31720.15%
20181,315141.08%
20171,30170.54%
20161,294-5-0.38%
20151,299-8-0.61%
20141,307-5-0.38%
20131,312-4-0.3%
20121,316-3-0.23%
20111,319-13-0.98%
20101,332
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West Jefferson Population by Year